This is a story about a Japanese child who loses a friend, gains a treasured possession, and learns that growing up often means sacrificing one end to gain another. Pictures life in a Japanese home and school, revealing the attitudes, customs, and problems of a farm family living on the edge of a city. Filmed in central Honshu. The narrator is Bill Deneen, who uses a Japanese accent.
According to Denneen, this film nearly didn't get distributed. According to Deneen, when EB Films' president Maurice reviewed the film, and noted the close relationship between Taro and his older male friend, Mitchell said: "This is clearly a homosexual relationship, and we will not distribute this film." Deneen's explanation of the nuances of Japanese culture eventually secured the fil's release.
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March 15, 2017 Subject:
Sweet story, a brief glimpse of Japanese life
This film shows our hero, Taro, as he goes about his Japanese life: perfecting his calligraphy at school, going to worship his ancestors, taking a dip in the public baths with his best friend (a university student who lodges with his mother), going on a field trip to discover the beauty of nature (hey, America, that's a great idea!). Another short but informative film by this director about children (just boys?) from cultures different our own.